I was interested to read The Tragic Password Mistake Hackers Are Hoping You'll Make which talks about falling into the trap of using common patterns like always ending your passwords with two or three numbers. I had noticed people doing that a long time ago and assumed that laziness would make it that much easier for a password cracker to break the code.
What I did not realize is that few password checkers really do a good job analyzing passwords. According to that article, only Kaspersky saw the author's own password as weak; all the others, including Gmail, said it was strong.
Of course I headed right over to check a few of my own passwords and was happy to see that the Kaspersky checker approved:
This one came up with 29 years for the Tianhe-2 Supercomputer to brute force crack it, though some of mine scored 119 centuries on that machine. I guess that's good enough for now :)
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